Congratulations – you’re fired

“The company where I’ve worked for 30 years will be closing in March 2017. If I stay until the end I will receive a 6-month severance. How can I effectively use the next six months to position myself for a new career, and collect the severance – or is this the right approach? Thanks!”  Jeff Congratulations on getting a 6-month advance notice and then a 6-month severance.  For a company that’s closing, you are being given a very generous exit plan.  Yes, I absolutely recommend you stay where you are and collect the severance.  Think about it – for the next six months … Read More

Please beat me

I once had the opportunity to meet (Apple) Dan Miller, an Amish neighbor of my Dad.  He told me that years ago Dad had complained to him that his apple trees looked beautiful but weren’t producing any apples.  Known far and wide for his apples, (Apple) Dan told my Dad to go home, grab a hammer and give his trees a severe beating around the trunk.  He said they needed to have something wake them up – that life had been too easy and they needed a challenge to come alive.  While this seemed counter to the careful fertilizing, watering and … Read More

Want to be David or Goliath – you get to choose!

As you recall from your Bible history, Goliath was an experienced soldier.  He had all the latest equipment – shield, body armor, sword, and helmet.  Not only was he a big, big guy, but he thought all his fancy equipment would protect him.  David, on the other hand, had none of the fancy stuff.  He had a strong faith in God, a lot of personal confidence, an exercised and toned body and the ability to move and act quickly. In the history of the species, protective armor has almost always spelled disaster.  Animals with a shell are slow, finding it … Read More

Want to hear about my comfortable misery?

I frequently draw from the wisdom of the Peanuts comic strip.  In one episode, Lucy announces, “Boy, do I feel crabby!” Her little brother Linus, is quick to try to rescue his sister.  “Maybe I can be of help. Why don’t you just take my place here in front of the TV while I go and fix you a nice snack?  Sometimes we all need a little pampering to help us feel better.”  Then Linus brings her a sandwich, a few chocolate chip cookies, and some milk. “Now is there anything else I can get you?” he asks.  “Is there … Read More

Not till God tells me………

“Dan! I’m feeling like I’m in a dead-end situation, but I’m not going to move until God tells me to do so!” I received this note recently from a reader – and it represents thousands of similar notes I’ve received over the last 20 years. The writer continues, “Dan, I’m miserable, frustrated, anxious, sick, exhausted, bored, nervous, worried, concerned, restless, fearful, frightened, apprehensive, troubled, upset, angry, exasperated, incensed, infuriated, discouraged, aggravated, maddened, offended, disappointed, distressed, anguished, tormented, suffering, afflicted, suffering, persecuted” – well, you get the idea.  But he’s not going to move until God himself “tells” him to. Just … Read More

Do you know why you’re here?

Is it true that most people know their “calling?” Peter Drucker spent most of the last 10 years of his life working with non-profits, much of that with mega church leaders. In the book Drucker & Me, here’s what he told his friend Bob Bufford about “calling.” “I am convinced that many, if not most, serious believers at some level understand what their calling is, but that understanding may be buried under years of busyness and distraction.  Yet, that suppressed sense of calling stays with them for years.” As a life coach I’ve have talked to lots of you who … Read More

Are entrepreneurs born or developed?

Recently on  my podcast, listener Paul Vandermill asked, “Can becoming an entrepreneur be a progression rather than a predisposition?”  Really, are entrepreneurs born, or do those traits develop over time? I love that question.  Is a person just born an entrepreneur or can anyone learn to be successful on their own?  There is no “right” or “wrong” about being an entrepreneur.  But you need to ask yourself if it is a fit for you.  Here’s an overview. DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR? Do you have what it takes to do something on your own – … Read More

Is this outrageous or just cool?

I recently heard about one of our local residents who has just purchased a pretty cool car.  Being a car guy, that always gets my attention.  In this case the local resident is Keith Urban who was spotted parking his $2.7 million Bugatti Veyron as he showed up for rehearsals.  Now before you go crazy about how obscene this is let’s put in perspective.  Yeah, Keith lives in the same county as I do so right off the bat, there’s the additional 9.25% sales tax – or another $249,750. Keith has made no secret of his love of cars.  Just a few … Read More

Tabula Rasa

This is actually a Latin term meaning “clean slate.”  People who end up successful usually view change differently than the average person. It was a cold December night in West Orange, New Jersey. Thomas Edison’s factory was humming with activity. Work was proceeding on a variety of fronts as the great inventor was trying to turn more of his dreams into practical realities.  Edison’s plant, made of concrete and steel, was deemed “fireproof”. As you may have already guessed, it wasn’t! On that frigid night in 1914, the sky was lit up by a sensational blaze that had burst through … Read More

And the times, they are a’changin

Change we can count on – but that doesn’t mean opportunities are decreasing.  True, not all change is progress, but all progress does require change.  Embrace the change by positioning yourself for new options. I recently worked with a young lady who had lost her job, making in the mid 70s.  Panicked and convinced she could never find another job in that income range, she had decided she would have to start her own business.  However, after identifying her unique “areas of competence” I advised against that and encouraged her to do a creative job search.  In a short period … Read More